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  • Summary: Developed by Croteam and powered by the Serious Engine 3, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter combines enhanced visuals, including more polygons, higher resolution textures and more special effects like hippy and kid’s mode, with trademark frantic gameplay for a non-stop action. Featuring single-play, survival and cooperative play and mixed with brilliantly updated visuals, the game continues your battle against Mental’s army with the classic over-the-top action, crazy humor and horror from the golden age of first-person shooters. Combines intense versus and team modes for up to 16 players and in over 18 multiplayer maps, demo recording option, spectators and dedicated server support. [Steam] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 92
    Even better thanks to far cleverer puzzles. [Issue#194, p.102]
  2. The game looks great on a high end gaming PC, and will even run on pretty much anything with a dedicated video card, so most people who even have a passing interest really should check the game out. Sadly the cost of admission might be the one thing that would keep the people who would really enjoy the game away from it.
  3. The jackhammer gameplay won't necessarily win over new converts, but for everyone else, this silky remake is a must buy.
  4. Even if It lacks of innovations and for someone could be a way too difficult, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter represents a jump back to another shooter era, now with an updated visual and some new multiplayer options.
  5. A better proposition than the first remake. [Aug 2010, p.86]
  6. A riotous blast that smacks of old school game mechanics and nonsensical fun.
  7. You don't fight fifty headless kamikazes on a giant trampoline every day, especially with a teammate dressed up as Santa Claus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. May 13, 2012
    10
    One of the best FPS games ever made.
    The Second Encounter continues where The First Encounter left off, but this time you have more levels,
    more weapons, more enemies and much much more.
    The levels are amazingly designed and even better then The First Encounter.
    The First Encounter was in Egypt, and this time you're in: South Africa, Persia and The Medieval ages.
    The game's single player is mind blowing and the game also has a multiplayer, the multiplayer is extremely fun! but the problem is that not many people play this today.
    You're lucky if you will find at least 5 servers with players.
    People play this game, but not as much as it was just released.
    I personally give this game a 10/10.
    Masterpiece.
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  2. Oct 18, 2011
    10
    Constant,awesome chaos!Best Fps 2010!
    Super graphics and physics.Croteam remembers how to do it!
    One of the best Fps shooter ever!

    Tradition hard core!Hordes of enemies,tons of humor!
    Every second somebody die!
    Every second something explodes!
    12 super level,co-op up to 16 players!
    Death Match, Team Death Match,Capture the Flag and many others multilayer styles!
    Graphics 910
    Sound 1010
    Game play 1010
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  3. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    This game is very funny. Is one of the best FPS Game in the world, is better than COD, Battlefield and more
    It's competitive game, you must
    have a minimum of skill to play online or offline. My vote is "10", best FPS ever IMHO (also quake and ut). Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    8
    Extreme classic run and gun fragging goodness! Experiencing high definition 16 player coop is a must. It's hard not to love Sam, especially when playing with others. Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2012
    6
    Very good game! It is rich of action, it's a fast-paced game (or almost) and it is very competitive! Recommended if you're a fan of hard and fast action games. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2010
    3
    Terrible version of this game. Back a few years this game was the answer to the death of the Duke Nukem Franchise in a sense, while being a very different game. Now this version is horrible and will ruin whatever good memories you have from the original version. Collapse
  7. Sep 29, 2013
    0
    THIS GAME SUCKS BALLS!
    THERE IS NOT GOAL WHAT SO EVER.
    THE GUNS SUCK ALSO WITH NO RECOIL AND THE SOUNDS SOUND LIKE MY FRIEND'S FART.
    ITS SO
    HORRIBLE WORST $1 I'VE EVER SPENT. NOT EVEN WORTH IT.
    I WOULD RATHER PLAY COD THAT THIS AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE COD.
    THE DEVS SHOULD GO INTO A CORNER AND CRY BECAUSE THIS GAME IS HORSE CRAP.
    I'M NEVER GOING TO RECOMMEND THIS GAME BECAUSE ITS REALLY BAD.
    IF YOU LIKE ****TY GAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS UP YOUR ASS THEN BUY THIS GAME.
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